LoveItaly President, Dr. Richard Hodges, noted in his welcome speech: «Culture is usually considered something for old people, however culture is the petrol of this country and young people must become the drivers.» A fitting introduction to an evening organized by students for students. Crowning the event was the address by Piero Angela, well known journalist and TV presenter who has dedicated his career to demystifying culture. In his support for the challenge, he stressed that young creatives are the future for Italian culture and emphasized the importance of ‘doing’, quoting Confucius: I hear I forget, I see I remember, I do I learn.
Professor Francesco Bruni, president of the jury and delegate for the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, commented on the Accademia’s duty to protect Villa Farnesina and share the message of her incomparable masterpieces with foreign and Italian visitors. The prestigious jury, lead by Dr. Bruni, included Lorenza Mochi Onori, Gloria Arditi, Francesco Sforza Cesarini and Matteo Tamburella.
The four finalists presented their projects. The winning project: Fabulous Garden, was proposed by Martina Codiglione, Susanna Di Gioia, Beatrice Dollorenzo, Antonella Giannotto and Sonia Aura Marino, students from the Universities of Tuscia, Viterbo and La Sapienza, Roma. Echoing the garden setting and decorations of the Villa, they created a tree-like structure for the bookshop, both decorative and functional, seating inspired by rocks and a white glass table to symbolise a pool of water.
A special mention goes to all the finalists for their presentations:
Group 1 – Somnium: Luca Volino, Francesco Begini, Enrico di Maio, Francesco Foti. Project: SOMNIUM
Group 4 – Una Rosa per Galatea: Caterina Poli, Isabella Cruciani, Giorgia Balsi, Arianna Gabrielli. UNA ROSA PER GALATEA
Group 7: Alberto Maria Faccia, Giorgia Basili, Livia Fabiani, Gloria Gabbiotto, Irene Venanzini. Project: THREE ROOMS FOR VILLA FARNESINA
LoveItalyYoung thanks: The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Comitato Giovani della Commissione Nazionale Italiana per l’UNESCO, Fondazione Italiana Accenture, Palombini Ricevimenti and Villa Farnesina.